Inspiring Thoughts

Inspiring Thoughts is a series of archival Chickenshed shows we are releasing online as part of an online, six-show season of YouTube Premiere’s.

The shows we have chosen to share each depict young people’s responses to the most urgent issues they are facing.

Anyone will be able to enjoy these performances once aired by visiting our YouTube channel 

We hope that whether you have fond memories of your involvement, or you're dipping your toes into a Chickenshed Show for the very first time - you enjoy these thought provoking pieces of live theatre.


Show number one is...

100% Chance of Rain

Beautiful, inspiring and uplifiting, 100% Chance of Rain offers insights and reflections through this unique theatrical presentation. It is estimated that one in four people in the UK will experience mental health problems each year. 100% Chance of Rain will explore the individual and universal truths behind the statistics, and also offer the chance to reflect on our own experiences through the creative power of performance.

Beautiful, inspiring and uplifting

- London Theatre 1

When: Fri 22 Mar | 7pm

Ages 12+

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Show number two is...

Blowin' in the Wind

As relevant today as it was when staged three year's ago, Blowin' in the Wind portrays protest, upheaval and discord – ultimately leading to hope, unity and shared optimism: Chickenshed unveils a songbook musical featuring blues, gospel, folk and more. With a narrative thread linking protest songs and civil disobedience from the 1960s to the present day, a mirror is held up to reveal and reflect a sense of optimism that can prevail even during history’s darkest hours.

Blowin’ in the Wind is a timely celebration of those willing to raise their voices to make the world better.

- The Londonist, 4****

When: Fri 19 Jun | 7.30pm

Ages 12+

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Show number three is...

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Offie WINNER for Best Production for Young People (13+) in 2019

With an engaging and intriguing central narrative, Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow combines theatre, new and original music and dance to forge a thought-provoking and fascinating piece on climate change, told through human stories, which will thrill audiences old and young.

In many ways, for most of us in Western society, the effects of climate chance may still seem remote. There is very little passion behind the threats which it poses. But speak to an African villager who has suffered through years of drought and flood; an Antarctic researcher who has witnessed a giant piece of ice slip away into the ocean; or a resident of New Orleans who has seen their beloved city swamped under floodwater, and the devastating future under the sweep of wildly fluctuating climates is here. It is in these areas where small but important steps are being taken to manage our futures and our roles as caretakers to our planet.

By presenting a vision of positive human reactions to climate change, the importance of understanding our connection to the fragile world that sustains us, can give hope and excitement for the future.

Sheer passion-fuelled performances and well-devised content, this casts' ability to bring forth such light through their inclusive, supportive, empowering nature and mesmerising talent, is nothing less than overwhelming.

- The Dance Review, 5***** Excellent

When: Fri 24 Jul | 7.30pm

Ages 12+

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Show number four is...

Globaleyes

This contemporary piece of physical theatre deals with issues around globalisation, taking the subjects of the abuse of human rights, poverty, slave labour and the exploitation of power and environmental problems and encouraging us to reconsider the importance of community in today’s ever changing world.

Performed by Chickenshed’s then company members who were joined on stage by 200 Chickenshed students aged 16+, and members of Chickenshed’s adult theatre group, the story weaves a tale of unerring passion for the beauty of life against the cheapening value that society can put on it. 

The themes within the play still resonate today, some 18 years after it was first performed.

Superbly presented, energetic choreography, slick lighting and a pumping soundtrack.

- Time Out

Globaleyes represents a new generation of political theatre.

- The Independent

When: Fri 25 Sep | 7.30pm

Ages 12+

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Show number five is...

In the Absence of Silence

Five women meet on the beach in a seaside town for a picnic lunch. As the day progresses their friendship and shared experiences reveal devastating truths from the hidden corners of their lives - but through their heartache and pain has come an unbreakable bond of strength, love and hope.

This optimistic and powerful drama (co-produced with Creu Cymru and developed with South Gwynedd Domestic Abuse Services) is inspired by interviews conducted with women as part of our outreach project, Survivors. In the Absence of Silence is an honest and poignant portrayal of what can all too often be untold stories, and the life-affirming and positive truth of what is possible when the silence is broken.

Warning: contains very strong language (spoken and projected) with content and themes which some audiences may find upsetting.

When: Fri 30 Oct | 7.30pm

Ages 15+

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Our sixth and final show is...

Crime of the Century

Crime of the Century is a hard-hitting, raw piece of theatre which explores the issues surrounding gang violence. Using words and movement alongside a contemporary score of hip-hop and dance music, the performance packs a frightening punch and acts as a positive tool in the fight against the savagery of knife crime.  

Background to the production 

Crime of the Century was created in response to a number of fatal stabbings which have affected staff, students and members of Chickenshed over the last decade. Since then, it has toured theatres and schools alongside an innovative workshop programme for secondary school students. Tragically, ongoing events around this issue have highlighted its continuing need and impact. 

...if the twenty first century will be remembered as the time we let our children kill each other, Chickenshed will be remembered as the theatre company who had the guts to ask how and why...

- Time Out

When: Fri 27 Nov | 7.30pm

Ages 11+

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